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Tor Nightfire. (Night’s Edge, Bk. 2). Apr. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781250835703. $27.99. HORROR
This sequel grows the world that Kerin introduced in Night’s Edge while also exploring the trauma of its protagonist. When the novel begins, the pseudovampires called Saras are still being pushed to the fringes of society due to their need for blood, and Mia’s mother, who was a Sara, is still dead. Rather than try to move on, Mia finds herself instead pulled deeper into the world of Saras, thanks to her mother’s connection to Devon, the man who turned her mother and seems to be starting a dangerous group of Sara revolutionaries. Mia, far from moving on, wants to confront the man who transformed her mother into a Sara and ruined her childhood. Moving between past and present at a brisk pace, Kerin’s novel shows how actual vampires might be ostracized from modern society while also deftly dissecting the toxic relationship between Mia and Devon, the man from whom Mia seeks both closure and vengeance. However, along the way, she also discovers more uncomfortable truths about her mother that she must deal with.
VERDICT This horror sequel invokes more about Sara rights and splinter cells, and Mia remains a fascinating protagonist to watch as she works through her own pain while trying to stay alive.
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